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If you’re like me, you may have at some time reached a point where you were simply fed up with your current state of being. The once glorious and fulfilling lifestyle you once had has vanished. You wake up dreading to go to work more than being happy about it. You may have even become unusually frustrated or irritated.

It is quite possible that you may not be walking in your purpose. What do I mean by that? Well, when you are walking in your purpose, you are able to willingly hang in there even during the tough times because you know why you’re doing what you’re doing. Your why is strong enough to overshadow the challenges you face. Yet, when you are continuously in a state of unhappiness with your career choice, then it’s time to evaluate if it’s time to let go.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not endorsing walking out of your job today if you have no plan of what to do next. However, I do believe it would be worth your while to instead consider what alternatives you have or how you can use your experiences to propel you into your true calling in life.

Let’s talk about 5 signs that it’s time to let go of your current job.

low to no growth

  1. You are experiencing minimal or no growth.

I don’t know about you, but I like to be in a place where I am growing and learning. I don’t want to be in the exact place I’m at now five years down the road. I need to have some significant growth occurring, whether it’s in leadership, confidence or a particular skill set.

  1. You think there has to be more to life than your present circumstances.

We all experience tough days in our profession. I mean, who hasn’t had the day where you’ve been struggling to meet a deadline, and then you get an email stating your boss is calling yet another mandatory meeting? Yet, when you reach the point where you are constantly left feeling unsatisfied, unimportant and unfulfilled, you may need to question if you’re doing what you were meant to do.

  1. You are afraid to explore unchartered territory.

Maybe you’re the type who already knows you should be doing something else. You may even know exactly what that something else is (I see you nodding your head). Yet, you sit and do nothing because there is no guarantee that the grass will actually be greener on the other side. You’d rather sit back and collect checks because you’ve put in your time with this company, and you’re afraid to start fresh somewhere else (It’s okay, friend. This used to be me, too.).

are you afraid

  1. You are afraid of not being there for friends and loved ones.

 You see yourself as a superhero—and you probably are. You’re the one people come to for advice. You’re the one people call when they can’t figure something out. You’re the one who knows what to do when the grits hits the fan. If you move on, who’s going to keep things going? Will your peeps really be able to move on successfully without you?! *gasp!

  1. Your values have changed.

 You’ve been with this company for a few years now. They may have given you your first real break. Yet, you realize you are no longer the same person that they hired. You want more out of life, and you feel like you’re settling by staying where you are. You’d hate to feel disloyal, but you really think it’s time to go. Decisions, decisions. (It’s okay if you’re twiddling your thumbs. I’ve been there, too!)

5 signs worksheet click

If any of these signs describes you, then I want you to hang on to your seat. During this series, we’re going to talk about each of these signs in detail and provide actionable tips you can take to help you make an informed decision. Which sign describes you?

P. S. Because I care so much about you, why don’t you grab this free worksheet to help you until our next post?